Fistfights between film workers on Hollywood sets have become so common that members of the Los Angeles branch of a famous union have warned brawlers they face the sack under a new zero-tolerance maxim.
The local secretary of Teamsters Local 399, which represents the Hollywood area, last week posted a memo to the organisation's website, warning members of an "escalating number of incidents".
"We are finding that more and more members are fighting with one another on set," wrote secretary treasurer Steve Dayan. "It is my duty to say – knock it off!"
He warned: "When two members get into an altercation we have found that in order to remedy the situation quickly BOTH members will immediately be LAID OFF. Whether you were the one to instigate the situation or not you will both be released from the job.
"If either party has an issue that cannot be resolved amongst yourselves, call the union first and we'll have a meeting at the hall with both parties to resolve the issue. On or off set you are always representing the legacy and tradition of our great union.
"As a Teamster and member of Local 399 we must work together as brothers and sisters putting differences aside for the betterment of our membership. Please demonstrate the professionalism we know you're capable of. Thank you."
Teamsters Local 399 represents more than 4,500 location managers, drivers, casting directors and animal wranglers in the LA County area, according to film industry blog Deadline.
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